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Back to Basics Bluegill

Back to Basics Bluegill

Every year I try something new when targeting panfish, specifically bluegills. I may try a larger jig, spider or some other type of lure to catch bigger panfish. Or I might try micro lures to entice these tasty treats.

MDNR Ice Fishing Class February 25

MDNR Ice Fishing Class February 25

The February 25 ice fishing class will focus on techniques for walleye, techniques for panfish, and setting polar tip-ups to target monster northern pike.

MSU Ice Fishing Tournament January 30

MSU Ice Fishing Tournament January 30

The Michigan State Fishing Club is having an ice fishing tournament Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Lake Lansing out of the Lake Lansing Park South.

Bluegills under ice around green weeds

Panfish under Ice Video

Finally getting some ice here in Southern Michigan so we’ll get out ice fishing soon. Some already getting out. For those of us who haven’t gotten out yet here’s some underwater video of a school of panfish.

Tapiola Jigs in the Grass

Tapiola Jigs in the Grass

Enter K&E Tackle’s flat-bottomed Skandia Tapiola Jig. The design is based on satellite technology that allows for maximum signal strength as similar sized jigs.

Getting the Itch

Getting the Itch

Well it’s that time of year again. Getting the itch to go ice fishing. Summer has come and gone. The water temperatures in the lakes are falling fast.

Bluegills, Bluegills and More Bluegills!

Bluegills, Bluegills and More Bluegills!

As the temperature drops and the first snow flurries fall, puddles start to freeze overnight and my mind like, so many others across the ice belt, is focused on ice fishing.

Size Matters!

Size Matters!

One style of fishing I find interesting and love to utilize when it is called for is ‘long rodding’. This ice fishing technique is extremely popular in the southern parts here in Wisconsin.

Keith Stanton with a giant Northern Pike he jigged through the ice from a Michigan lake

Ice Fishing Seminars at Jays Sporting Goods January 20

Stopper pro staff Keith Stanton and Bill Ferris are putting on ice fishing seminars at Jays Sporting Goods in Clare Michigan Sunday January 20th.

Bill Ferris Saginaw Bay Ice Fishing Walleye

Bill Ferris Seminar Panfish through the Ice

Join ice fishing guru and K&E Tackle pro staff member Bill Ferris at Vern’s Repair and Sport for a free panfish ice fishing seminar 1/8/2013 6PM!

The other half of team Hard Water Maniacs, Mandy MacHaffie shows off a big bull bluegill caught through the ice

Tungsten Tactics for Ice Fishing Success

Tungsten jigs are definitely the hot item to have in your ice fishing arsenal these days. Three times heavier than lead, tungsten offers a small profile.

Big panfish are the target for the competitors in the first ever Ultimate Ice Fishing Tournament

Ultimate Ice Fishing Tournament Weigh-In

The 2012 Ultimate Fishing Show will have the first ever Ultimate Ice Fishing Tournament Weigh-In. Twenty of the top ice fishing teams are vying for the Ultimate Ice Fishing National Championship title. Anglers will fish local lakes and bring their big catch to the Suburban Collection Showplace for the ice fishing show down.

Instead of waiting for first ice, this angler borrowed a duck boat and caught some nice bluegills in Southern Michigan

Ice-less Ice Fishing

With the mild weather keeping many ice anglers frustrated, some fishermen are getting creative to catch their first ice gills. This angler was spotted on a lake in Barry County in a borrowed duck boat and was able to catch a dozen nice bluegills in about half an hour of fishing.

Late season scouting for early ice panfish produced these slab crappie for Ray Tiffany and Mandolyn MacHaffie

Late Summer Scouting For Early Ice Fishing Success!

Late summer scouting can produce some of the best panfish of the season for many anglers and find the most productive spots for first ice fishing.

Young Angler With Panfish caught while ice fishing

Panfish Transition Under the Ice

Locating and catching more panfish while ice fishing is all about following the seasonal transition movements of bluegills, crappie and perch.

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